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Judges aren’t rude to entertain: Shaan
PRIYANKA DASGUPTA , TNN, May 21, 2010

Shaan talks to TOI about his tryst with Tagore,why his political correctness is often mistaken as diplomacy and how he disagrees when KK says that reality show judges are asked to be rude to up the EQ

This year, its become a trend to release new and improved version of albums with Tagores songs.Did anyone want you to attempt a Bollywoodisation of Tagore when you were making Khola Haowa
No. I’ve tried to remain very close to the original way of rendition. I havent experimented with the orchestration or used keyboards and drum boards. There is no overt way of wanting to experiment with Tagore to be youth-oriented. In our attempts to please the youth, we have actually spoilt them. I have a good rapport with youngsters and I dont think they only want to hear trendy numbers. Today’s youth is capable of appreciating authentic and serious stuff too. My rendition of Tagore has an old-world charm and will remind audiences of the 50s and 60s style of singing.

More than 150 albums of Tagore songs have been released this year and yet,very few of them have struck the right chord.What are the things that youve stayed away from while attempting to sing Tagore Have you stuck to the style of singing Tagore by clenching your teeth?
Since I grew up in Mumbai,I havent really grown up listening to Rabindra Sangeet all the time. Ami jani na daant chepe kibhabe Rabindra Sangeet gawa hoe. I am aware of stalwarts having sung Tagores numbers. Comparisons will be there. And then again, there will be people who will wonder why a non-resident Bengali had to cut a Tagore album. This album is my way of searching for my roots. I am not here to leave a stamp for myself by singing Tagores songs differently. Thats not my ambition.Pijush kaka and Tapati di,whove helped me during recording this album,are very staunch followers of Tagore. Even after mixing and mastering, they asked me to correct a portion where I had used shudh nishad instead of komol nishad.

Your grandfather,Jahar Mukherjee,was a lyricist.Having penned lyrics for Morning Walk,do you fancy yourself penning more
No. One doesnt require a different kind of expertise for penning lyrics for film songs.I am not so keen on writing lyrics.

With the duration of films getting shorter and decreasing number of physical sales of CDs,how insecure is the future of a playback singer in Bollywood
Its a fact that there are very few songs that get promoted that way a singer would want it to happen.Ive had 25 releases in 2010.That includes songs in Apartment,Chase,Hum Tum Aur Ghost and Tum Milo Toh Sahi.But these songs were not promoted at all.All thats there in recent recall is Behti hawa sa tha woh from 3 Idiots.If I was a newcomer,I could have got worried with this.But now I have come to terms with the fact that promotion of songs isnt in my hands.Only songs from big banner films are promoted.

When you know that only songs of big banner films will be promoted, do you insist on only singing for big banner projects?
No. I heartily accept any good song that comes my way.

Do you get upset now that composers are eating into the space of regular playback singers?
I have had 10 wonderful years of singing and have had lots of hits. I know that big banners are trying out new voices and composers are also singing. But I wouldn’t want to get frustrated with all this. As a singer, I do feel that a good song should get a chance to be heard. The same songs get played repeatedly on radio stations. Some music companies have personally signed on singers and want to work only with them. This is the reality. I don’t see myself having a PR to get myself work. I can neither lobby nor wait endlessly in the sitting rooms of composers hoping to get songs. It’s my pride and fortune that I’ve achieved whatever I have with no struggle. Having got so much, I can’t change suddenly and pay to be talked about.

You are usually a politically correct person...
n Yes, and that’s why I’ve sometimes been called diplomatic too. I don’t like confrontations and have no real insecurities in life. I respect my colleagues and it’s my upbringing that doesn’t make me want to pick up fights at the drop of a hat. I have no big plans for myself. I have a very happy personal life and I like to live and let live.
Yet, the politically correct Shaan had an outburst in one of the episodes of Music Ka Maha Muqqabla.

Is the format of a reality show such that it brought a politically incorrect side of you out in the open?
I am competitive person. What was happening was unfair. If a contestant forgets the lyrics, I don’t think that’s a praiseworthy thing. In retrospect, I think I was also provoked to react that way. Today, I regret having been politically incorrect. I wish I had handled the situation differently.

KK has said that reality show judges are asked to be rude to make the shows entertaining...
KK can’t believe how nice people can be so rude on TV and, hence, thinks it’s all scripted. Everyone is human and they stay real on the shows. I don’t think any judge, who is shooting an episode in front of an audience, can be dictated to be uncouth. A judge can’t be rude because of money. Can you imagine a reality show being shot where a polite judge agrees to do a retake in front of a live audience just because he isn’t rude enough? I don’t think it can work that way. Some shows that are done by television actors might still be scripted. Those shows don’t have a live audience while shooting. But I don’t think that can be a rule.


You’ve groomed Kolkata singer Anwesha Dutta Gupta. With the likes of Shreya and Sunidhi already there in Bollywood, how difficult is it for Aneshwa to get the big break in Bollywood?
Anwesha is godsent. Both her parents are helping her find her feet. When Shreya and Sunidhi started out, the likes of Kavitaji and Anuradhaji were around. I think everyone finds his or her way. Anwesha is just 16 now. Even if she takes 10 years to get the big break, she will still be only 26 and have time to make
a bright career for herself.

How much do established singers-turned- judges help reality show contestants to make a mark in the film industry?
n No one can help anyone in our field. At the most, we can guide a talent. I constantly receive calls from new talents asking for suggestions. But, fact is, playback singing is not a serious vocation any more. If one wants to be a doctor, one knows that an MBBS degree is a must. But I really don’t know the formula for being a playback singer today. The only way out is to become a producer and cut one’s own albums and release them!

Source- TOI


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